Deck the Halls: Holiday Home Staging
Holiday home buyers are serious about buying a home. So, get ready to be merry and bright and deck the halls!
Even in the snowy winter, curb appeal is still an important factor in selling your home. One of the simplest ways you can do this is by dressing up the front door with a festive holiday wreath. You can either purchase one or create your own with ribbon, twigs, pinecones, floral wire and tinsel for some holiday craft fun!
Less is More
While most homeowners enjoy decorating their home for the holiday season, it’s important to not overdo it, especially if you are planning to sell your home during this period. Be mindful of different religions and choose a select few holiday decorations for the house that will also match your home’s existing décor. Outdoor holiday lights and a Christmas tree in the living room are traditional and bring a sense of holiday festivity and joy to your home.
Keep it Cozy
The weather may be frightful, but your home shouldn’t be. Increase the cozy factor to make your house more inviting by placing stylish throw blankets over couches and chairs, layer soft rugs together and accent with warm colours. Keep the temperature warm to make sure potential buyers are comfortable while they look around. Use your fireplace if you have one, to add extra warmth and coziness.
Eliminate Bad Odours
The right smell can help sell your home. Be aware of any lingering and unpleasant smells in your home. Be mindful of any carpets that might have trapped unpleasant smells or pet odours that are rooted in your living room. To help mask pungent smells you can light a candle before the showing or make some fresh baked goods like gingerbread cookies, cinnamon rolls or peppermint bark. This can be a treat for yourself and home buyers for the holiday season.
Keep Home Free of Slush and Snow
Winter brings snow, slush, salt and ice. Home buyers may wear their winter boots when they come to see the house, so be sure to have a place by the front door for them to take their boots off. Provide a basket or a box with fuzzy socks or slippers in case your guests want to keep their feet warm while they walk around.
As home buyers come in and out of your home, they may bring in dirt, snow and salt from the outdoors. Try to keep the entryway clean and clear after each showing. You don't want to make a bad first impression by having a dirty foyer.
Also, don't forget about those winter jackets! Keep extra hangers in the closet so home buyers can take off their jackets and browse around your home comfortably.
Happy Holiday Home Staging!